Waterloo Region, January 10, 2018—Twenty-five female entrepreneurs begin the Communitech Fierce Founders Bootcamp this week. The two-part bootcamp hosts female founders of early-stage startups at Communitech in Kitchener to develop business skills and prepares them for Pitch Day, Feb. 15, 2018, where they compete to win up to $100,000 for their companies. They include:
- Chrissy Rossiter, Peachy (St. John’s, NL)
- Harpreet Bain, AVA Technologies (Vancouver, BC)
- Josette-Renee Landry, Streamline Genomics (Montreal, QC)
- Natasha Dhayagude, Chinova Bioworks (Fredericton, NB)
- Erika Murray, Date Mua (Toronto, ON)
- Nagiz Mammadova, Destin AI (Toronto, ON)
- Sarah Juma, Style ID (Kitchener, ON)
- Daryna Kulya, OpenPhone (Kitchener, ON)
- Kara Holm, Play the Field (Nova Scotia, CA)
- Margaret Finan, IfthenGiving (Buffalo, NY)
- Monika Jaroszonek, City (Toronto, ON)
- Kate Dye, Hilite (Kitchener, ON)
- Lisa Pfister, PFERA (New Brunswick, CA)
- Jen Stokes, ChezDine (Hamilton, ON)
- Anita Grant, Fleeky (Stoney Creek, ON)
- Krysta Traianovski, BrightGuide (Kitchener, ON)
- Stephania Stefanakou, House of Anesi (Toronto, ON)
- Erin Laidley, Innovative Protein Technologies (Kitchener, ON)
- Serese Selanders, ORA (Saskatoon, SK)
- Charlene Nadalin, Amintro (Toronto, ON)
- Sophia Dizon, Bucketpoints (Toronto, ON)
- Maya Strasser, Jauntin (Toronto, ON)
- Nancy Ortenburg, CEI (Oakville, ON)
- Keira Devine, Parental Marketplace (New Brunswick, CA)
- Ally Baker, FurEvery (Kitchener, ON)
Throughout the bootcamp women will participate in classes and workshops to learn about running a startup, including customer discovery, lean startup methodology, problem and solution validation, accounting, funding, marketing and sales. They also receive coaching and feedback on their individual business pitches ahead of the final pitch competition at the end of the bootcamp.
“This is a strong group of women from all over North America running unique businesses, from a shared marketplace for parents, to an immigration assistant that incorporates artificial intelligence,” said Kelly McGregor, Fierce Founders program manager at Communitech. “We’re already impressed with them and can’t wait to see how they grow as business leaders and entrepreneurs.”
Fierce Founders is sponsored by Kognitiv, Deloitte, BDC, Google Developers, Thomson Reuters and the Government of Ontario. For more information about Communitech’s women in technology programming, please visit http://www.communitech.ca/fiercefounders.
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Communitech was founded in 1997 by a group of entrepreneurs committed to making Waterloo Region a global innovation leader. At the time it was crazy talk, but somehow this community managed to pull it off. Today, Communitech is a public-private innovation hub that supports a community of more than 1400 companies — from startups to scale-ups to large global players.
Communitech is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs and helps tech companies start, grow and succeed in three distinct ways.
- Communitech is a place – the center of gravity for entrepreneurs and innovators. A clubhouse for building cool tech and great companies.
- Communitech delivers programs – helping companies at all stages with access to capital, customers and talent. We are here to help them grow and innovate.
- Communitech partners in building a world-leading ecosystem – making sure we have all the ingredients (and the brand) to go from a small startup to a global giant.